MSc in Biology

University of Groningen

Program Description

MSc in Biology

University of Groningen

University of Groningen

Would you like a tailor-made programme in Biology? Or do you like to design your programme at the crossroad of different Biology domains? If so, Biology in Groningen is your Master's programme.

Students with a broad interest in biology are able to design a tailor-made programme under the guidance of a staff member who will coach the student throughout their master's programme. Nowadays the most exciting discoveries are often made using a multidisciplinary approach. As a student, you will be closely involved with our research, which is organised within the internationally recognized Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES). We offer research in a unique diversity of Biological areas. As a student, you are offered the opportunity to combine different areas of biology - such as Ecology and Evolution, Marine Biology, Neurosciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular Biology - in their Master's degree programme.

Programme options

The Master in Biology is a 2-year programme. There are 60 credits per year, most courses are 5 ECTS. During this programme, you'll have the option to follow additional tracks:

Specialisation Behaviour and Neurosciences

In addition, the degree programme also offers you the possibility to specialise in a combination of two specific terrains of expertise in biology: Behaviour and Neurosciences. This specialisation focuses on the factors that affect behaviour in humans and animals. We offer unique facilities to study a wide array of animal models, including insects, fish, rodents, birds, and humans.

Science, Business & Policy (track)

Interested in the policy or business side of science? We offer a Science, Business & Policy profile. This profile combines a six-month research training with a six-month internship related to the application of scientific insights in business, policy or administration.

Behaviour and Neurosciences (specialization)

The Behaviour and Neurosciences specialisation focuses on the functioning and evolution of the brain and of behaviour.

You will learn more about their relationship to a wide array of internal and external factors, including social interactions, hormones and neurotransmitters. We also offer research in brain diseases, neurodegeneration, sleep, rhythms and aberrant social behaviours.

Research profile

The Research profile mainly consists of independent research, which focuses on learning about conducting research by actually doing it. Students will not only independently conduct experiments, but also gain experience with related issues, such as formulating hypotheses, searching for and studying scientific literature and presenting results.

Science, Business & Policy

Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks

Maximum of 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
additional subject The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.
previous education Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field.For the specialization Behaviour and Neurosciences, you will need a degree which contains enough courses relevant to this field. This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.
other admission requirements For the specialization Behavioural & Neurosciences students have to show that their Bachelor's degree contains enough courses relevant to this field. The Admissions Board will decide whether a student can be admitted to the Master's programme.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 92

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2018-2019 € 2060 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 € 14200 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2018, 01 November 2018 01 September 2018, 01 February 2019
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2018, 01 November 2018 01 September 2018, 01 February 2019

Job prospects

Graduates of the Master's degree programme in Biology who have chosen the Research track often enter a PhD programme or join a research and development team in a company or research institute. Students who have chosen the Science, Business & Policy track find jobs (e.g. as science advisor) in a variety of fields, e.g. in governmental organizations, research institutions, museums, publishers or companies.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • R&D in a company or research institute
  • Science advisor
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 16, 2018
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24 months
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